A Medical Diagnostic Radiographer prepares to take an X-ray of a young woman's foot.

Medical Diagnostic Radiographer

Medical Diagnostic Radiographers operate X-rays and other medical imaging equipment to produce images for medical diagnostic purposes in conjunction with Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists or other Medical Practitioners.

Overview

Medical Diagnostic Radiographers operate X-rays and other medical imaging equipment to produce images for medical diagnostic purposes in conjunction with Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists or other Medical Practitioners.

Day-to-day

  • receives referrals to perform medical imaging of patients
  • determines appropriate equipment to use such as x-rays and computed tomography (CT) equipment, and selects the appropriate equipment settings to provide the diagnostic information requested by medical practitioners
  • calculates details of procedures such as settings of recording equipment
  • explains procedures to patients and answers patients’ queries about processes
  • ensures patients welfare during procedures
  • positions patients, screens and equipment preparatory to procedures
  • views the screen and decides if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes and selects images to show medical practitioners
  • conveys findings of procedures to medical practitioners.

Considerations

  • stressful.

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